With EU islands playing an increasingly important role in Europe's clean energy transition, it is becoming ever more crucial to understand the current challenges island communities are facing in this context.
26 European islands have officially launched their clean energy transition with the support of the European Commission’s Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat. 6 islands will develop and publish their clean energy transition agendas by summer 2019, the other 20 islands will do so by summer 2020.
On 8-9 March 2019, the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat will organise a two-day workshop and roundtable discussions on the islands of Cres and Lošinj. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about climate change, the clean energy transition, financing solutions and innovative technologies.
On 12 February 2019, the Balearic Islands approved a new climate change law that requires their energy to be sourced entirely from renewable resources by 2050. The law includes a phase-out of a coal power plant located on Mallorca by 2025, and foresees climate and energy plans with binding targets for companies and municipalities.